This November we see the familiar and much loved return of Derek Liddle’s tree. The tree offers our kind-hearted public the opportunity to bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of East Staffordshire children every year. Visitors can take a tag off the tree in Coopers Square shopping centre. The tag will contain a request for a present from a child that would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas. The tree tradition was established by Mr Liddle 22 years ago who wanted a community tree in the town centre to support children that need a boost during the festive season. Derek’s Tree relies on a team of dedicated volunteers that help every year Every year a number of local businesses offer their support and working with the Derek’s Tree organisation and get involved by having their own tree at their site. If you wish to get involved you will need to choose which present to buy and which child to buy for. The children’s requests vary and usually the value of the gifts requested are between £5 and £20. You will surely find an item that you can afford and know where to buy it. Once you’ve bought the present, take it back, along with the original tag, to the volunteers who will wrap the gift for you, and do the rest to ensure it gets to the correct child. If you’d like to donate your time to help, there is always a need for people to help and wrap up the 2,000 gifts. For more information visit Derek’s Tree Facebook page or can also contact the volunteers on 07871 011562.